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as the averages denied washington's gravitational pull, the dow gaining 60 points, s&p climbing .5%, nasdaq advancing .20%, we know when the president or the speaker of the house comes on the tube these days, the market is going to get hammered. sell, sell, sell, sell, sell, sell. even if it is just temporary. >> sell, sell, sell. >> the only thing you need to know is the time they're going to come on. if you could just blast out of some aggressive growth stocks or sell some s&p future us when see them walk to the podium, you could probably coin money! i'm surprised the president doesn't start his talks by saying, look, look, america, i'm about to send the s&p 500 down a percent with what i say. ou how about the speaker? suffice it to say we all have to keep one eye on washington and hope they don't poke it out with their endless failure to rise above partisanship. when we started this campaign, i'm sure a lot of people said don't worry, i'm sure they'll do it. today was like the worst day yet. the two parties hate each other. they really do. they personally hate each other. but how about t
: money and guns continued to dominate the conversation here in washington this holiday season, and we will focus on both of those issues this morning. yesterday, press conferences on the fiscal cliff negotiations. >> republicans continue to work to avoid the fiscal cliff. $1.30 trillion in revenues, $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet the test that the president promised the american people as a balanced approach. i hope the president will get serious about working with us on a balanced approach. tomorrow, the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. the president can call on senate democrats to pass that bill, or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in american history. host: joining us by phone is susan ferrechio, chief congressional correspondent for the "washington examiner." if 51-second press conference. guest: there have been press occurrences in the past where the speaker has come out and made a brief statement and not answer questions. to come out and say we are going to pass the public funeral takes place in washington at the national cathedral beginning at 10:30 eastern. senator inouye will return home to hawaii on saturday. he died monday at the age of 88. the will gavel in at 12:00 today. addressing the pending tax hikes and budget cuts of the so-called fiscal cliff. they will vote on speaker boehner's plan b which would raise tax rates for incomes above $1 million. they'll also vote on a bill that would replace the sequester budget cuts scheduled to take place on january 1, and also a vote on the defense authorization conference report. we'll have live coverage of the house beginning at noon here on c-span. and throughout the day. we'll take you live just outside the u.s. house live to hear from majority leader eric cantor who's going to be talking about the plan for the day and the votes ahead. should get under way momentarily. live coverage here on c-span. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> here on c-span we're waiting to hear from majority leader eric cantor. they
will vote on the republican plan b tomorrow. veterans of washington's budget battles wouldn't be surpriseto see a plan c or d before a final resolution is hammered out. darren gersh, "n.b.r.," washington. >> susie: the threat of the fiscal cliff was a big topic at an investor conference in new york today hosted by johnson controls. this wisconsin-based industrial conglomerate is a leading provider of products to make buildings energy efficient, and it's also the world's largest maker of car batteries and automotive seats. c.e.o. stephen roell told me he's worried that uncertainty about the fiscal cliff could hurt consumer confidence, and his business. >> we don't do that. as the consumer, i products to costumers like the big three, that in turn sell to the auto industry. my biggest concern is how it will affect the psychology of the consumer. i've been surprised, susie, that people continue to buy automobiles. but my fear is that could change dramatically. >> susie: steve, to what extent are the ups and downs impacting your business day to day. >> i think people are holding back on making
and stepping this away and that way and now preparing to leave washington. they -- they are doing all of this instead of taking the one step they need to take, and that is to say to the president, all right, you've gone 40% of the way. we're expected to go, you know, 30%, 40%. let's see what we can get done. we don't have to wait until new year's. everybody knows what this is going to look like tend of the day. we just need the republicans to act responsibly and sit down with us and get the deal done. not go home for the holidays. >> and let me switch gears for a second because you hear a lot that's going on in capitol hill. what is the genesis of this criticism of chuck hagel? there's a lot that's also coming from supporters of israel who say that he has not been supportive enough. do you think that is a big question? i know the house doesn't confirm cabinet officials, but you are very close to it all. >> i am not involved in the confirmation process. i'll leave that to the higher pay grades in the senate. show me a nominee or a prospective nominee for any cabinet position, and i wil
fadden and bill weir in new york city, and terry moran in washington, this is a special edition of "nightline" -- tragedy at sandy hook, the search for solutions. >>> good evening. i'm terry moran. today the shattered community of newtown, connecticut, mourned the young teacher who died trying to protect her first grade class, while school districts across the country are now beefing up security. in the wake of this tragedy, schools nationwide are grappling with the difficult questions about keeping their students safe, including the debate over arming teachers with guns. here's alex perez. >> reporter: she came face to face with unthinkable horror and fought to save her first graders. laid to rest today, 27-year-old sandy hook teacher vicki soto. those remembers her we're green ribb ribbons, her favorite color. her sister jillian, already know what the world is remembering, saying you have been a hero to me for a lot longer than five days. you've been my big sister, the one i've always looked up to. among the mourners, family friend musician paul simon who performed "the sound of silence." s
into this market. investors still hoping for a deal in washington to avoid the fiscal cliff. take a look at how we're settling on wall street. as we saw money moving into equities in the last 20 minutes pushing the dow jones industrial average up to 60 points higher at the close at 13,312 on the dow jones industrial average. nasdaq also finishing in the plus column with a gain of six points, and the s&p 500 up about eight points, one-half of 1% at 1433. closing in on the fiscal cliff deadline still with no deal in sight, let's find out how you should be investing in the face of the fiscal cliff fiasco. we want to dig deeper into the nyc/i.c.e. deal as well announced today, that it means for you and the global exchanges. gentlemen, welcome. thanks soechg for joining us. >> thanks. >> thanks for having me. >> let me kick this off with you in terms of the fiscal cliff. give me your strategy, deal or no deal? >> i think there will be a deal. this plan "b" that wehner has actually -- waiting to see if it actually makes it to the congress for a vote is actually a big deal because if he gets it through c
that killed four americans. diplomats will speak to reporters about the report. >> on "washington journal" we will focus on gun-control issues with john yarmuth. tim helskamp will join us to talk about the fiscal cliff. and we will look at what options the administration has to tighten gun control laws with or without congressional action. our guest will be david ingram, responded for reuters. live on c-span every day at 7:00 eastern. two committees are holding hearings today on the attack in libya that killed four americans. the senate foreign relations committee will hear from deputy secretary of state at 8:00 eastern. you can see that live on c-span to. mr. burns will go to the other side of the capital of the afternoon to testify before the house foreign affairs committee about the report. that is live on c-span3 at 1:00 eastern. >> our first experience was to come and a different way than every other family up here. probably would never happen again in history. after dad was sworn in, we went and took a picture of the family behind a wall office desk. that night we did not get to move in
washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and pushed aside. this a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms, right now. >> shepard: the president said the second amendment does guarantee an individual's right to bear arms. he believes the vast majority of gun owners in america are responsible. >> i am also betting that the majority the vast majority of law abiding gun owners would be the first to say that we should be able to keep a few law breaking. >> shepard: specifically the president is hinting at military style assault weapons and high ammunition clips. most americans support background checks before all gun purchases involving those private dealers. he addede need to work to make access to mental healthcare as easy as access to guns. and we need a closer look at a culture that glorifies guns and violence as he put it of course we have seen mass shootings over and over again. the president ticked off a long list today. and we have heard outrage and vows for
joe" from washington. live with us here, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. white house correspondent for the huffington post, sam stein, executive editor of bloomberg news, al hunt and "time" magazine senior political analyst and "way too early" talent -- he was just extraordinary -- mark halperin. mark, you were just -- you were extraordinary. >> no one told me there's no net in that job. >> there is no net. he was great. who could turn the world on with a smile? i mean, mark halperin could, al hunt. >> throwing his hat in the air. >> we need to toss his hat in the air. sam stein has no idea what we're talking about. >> zero. >> so depressed. not a "seinfeld" reference, the greatest series of all time. al hunt, al, this is -- i'm at a loss what's going on in washington. i mean, we can all assign blame. i, right now, am especially curious with what's going through my party's mind on the fiscal cliff. but what -- why the breakdown? you know, if you're a republican, you say, i'll raise taxes. you have crossed the line. you h
, everybody. i am gerri willis. it is a war of words over the fiscal cliff in washington. the president blasting republics today for their refusal to take his latest offer, calling it puzzling. republicans are doubling down on the plan b. he called the veto thrt bizarre and irrational. $500 billion in tax hikes closer to every amerin. >> there has to be a recognition onhe part of my republican friends that take the deal. but they keep on finding ways to say no. i don't know how much of that just has to do with this. it is very hard for them to say yes to me. gerri: what he stated that? >> it is incredibly sad and frustrating, that's what that is. the president, through the entire campaign, says wants a balanced aproach. we have increased spending from 2007 to 2012. $1 trillion. year over year. a trillion dollars. revenues at record highs. >> let's talk for a second about the republican response. gerri: white house is opposition for the backup plan. it is growing more bizarre and irrational by today. is this the kind of conversation that is going to get something done in washington? or
will come here to washington and ask us to help them out from their bad decisions. i hope at that time that we can show by pointing at these states and these right ideas that we know the solutions at the state level and that we also know that we can change how we think here at the federal level and make our country work a lot better. i i leave here with a lot of respect for my colleagues. i know my democrat colleagues believe with conviction their ideas. and i know my republican colleagues do too. but i hope we can look at the facts. i hope we can look at the real world. i hope we can look at what's working and set aside the politics and realize what really makes this country great and strong is when we move dollars and decisions out of washington back to people and communities and to states, that it works. not for 2% but for 100% of americans. i feel like our customers in the senate, at the heritage foundation, or wherever we go, are 100% of americans who these ideas can work for to build a better future and a stronger america. and i'm not leaving the fight. i hope to raise my game at
current tax rates in place for 99% of the country, the president further demanding that washington go his way or no way at all, president obama seems to be on his way to perhaps becoming the imperious president. >> i've asked the vice president to lead an effort that includes members of my cabinet and outside organization to come up with concrete proposals no later than january that i will push without delay. this is not some washington commission, that is not something where folks will be studying the issue for 6 months and publishing a respect -- report that gets read then pushed aside. lou: you will notice that president did not call for concrete proposals on mental health care opublic school security, or any of the other issues at issue in the connecticut shooting last week. at that same pros conference where he demanded gun control proposal, president blasting speaker of the house john boehner or only wants to raise taxes on millionaires. >> if you look at what the speaker has proposed, he has conceded that income tax rates should go up, right now he only wants them to go up for mill
business senior washington correspondent with the very latest details. how close will this be? >> the vote on that tax bill, the one that would raise taxes on people making more than million dollars a year, they are still working on getting the republican leader, the speaker still working on getting enough votes to get that to pass later tonight. we expect that around 8:00. as one price for votes, right now than house republicans have also got a bill on the floor which would impose new spending cuts. what it would be technically is it would replace the sequester, get rid of those big cuts in defense spending. replace that with about $300 billion in new spending cuts over ten years. some republicans want to be able to say they voted for spending cuts before they even consider voting for a tax increase. they're debating the right now on the floor, the spending cut bill. take a listen. >> we don't just have a fiscal clef. we have of fiscal abyss in front of us, and that is at debt crisis that is on our horizon. failure to address this debt crisis means not just 47 percent of americans, but ev
of oil. we'll drill down on the answers. >>> plus, more talk and no walk in washington. shocker there. both side insist we need to stop spending. not that they're cutting a single penny from a single government program. fox news's bret baier with the real cost of spending. >>> we all love a good hamburger, right? but is that pesky wrapper keep getting in your way? one fast-food chain may have solved the problem for good. they're making the wrapper edible. you have to see this one to believe it, trust me. even when they say it's not it is always about money. melissa: first, let's take a look at the day's market headlines. fiscal cliff talks may be a mess but not ruining the party for investors. u.s. third quarter gdp was revised up to 3.1%. not bad. november existing home seams -- sales hit nice not seen. wall street shares of the nyse euronext skyrocketed 34%. the company is being acquired by rival intercontinental exchange for $3.2 billion in cash and stock. >>> research in motion may be crawling its way out of the abyss. the blackberry maker left for dead earlier this year. now shar
will come out of retirement as a former sandy hook principal. and in washington, president obama issued a resounding call to action. >> this is not some washington commission. >> reporter: the president announced a powerful team of cabinet members, now have the new task of creating immediate reforms to prevent more shootings. and the vice president isn't wasting any time in getting to action. today, planning to convene a meeting of top law enforcement officials from all around the country, trying to brainstorm a way forward. live in sandy hook, mark greenblatt. rob and sunny, back to you. >> the fallout from the tragedy, remarkable. thank you for the live report. >>> and the sides placing new restrictions on so-called assault weapons. the white house is also looking at other solutions to the nation's gun problem. among the considerations, better funding for mental health counseling. also, steps to keep society from glamorizing guns and violence. the president is promising to send the idea to congress by the end of january. >>> in response to the washington talk about gun control, sales
at the madame in washington d.c.. >> as a child did you dream of turning people slowly in a circle. >> oh, it burns! >> i did it. my work was done. i sat, then the artists got to work. while they attempted to reproduce my waxy pallor i headed to the museum in washington d.c. to check out my future wax companions. my guide was an incredibly life like dan ragosky. (laughter) we should get going. >> come this way. >> we started with a history of the museum. >> is it tussaud. >> why so french? >> she was a french woman. >> okay, but you're in america now, why not change the name to mamma doesy's house of candles. >> it has been around for 200 years. >> okay, all right. then it was off to the hall of celebrities. >> so this is all wax. >> that's correct. >> i know what i'm doing here. i'm not just some ham ture coming here and licking wax figurines. >> you may not lick them. >> let's move on. this is tiger woods. >> this is senator jackson. >> okayment i didn't recognize him because this is the longest i have ever seen him go without screaming the word [bleep]. >> johnny depp. >> can't lick an
well over the next few months, even if the two sides in washington can't rise above politics and come up with a reasonable budget that has both spending cuts and tax increases as seems to be the case right now after the president's discouraging press conference, which suggested that no deal's imminent. and the white house is quietly signaling that talks have regressed. what do i mean about our failure to revisit what didn't happen, what didn't go wrong and the impact on the market? well, let's start with today's incredible news about general motors buying $5.5 billion worth of stock from the u.s. government's t.a.r.p. program. and it was at a price $2 above where gm traded yesterday. that's right. we, the people, got a better deal than we could've ever hoped for just the day before. gm most likely would have been liquidated, putting more than a million people out of work, if the federal government hadn't bailed it out. nobody likes a bailout. people don't like to use the phrase bailout and the government isn't going to be made whole in this investment. i'm saying that point-blank. tha
asked about that last week. here is what he said. >> what i think is at that at this point, washington and colorado, you have seen the voters speak on this issue. and as it is, the federal government has a lot to do when it comes to criminal prosecutions. it does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on the recreational drug users in a state that has said under a state law is legal. >> dana: but this is making folks in the hollywood crowd happy. celebs brad pitt, russell simmons, danny glover released joint statement for praising the president from stepping away from the war on drugs. >> greg: you said, "joint statement." >> dana: i didn't even think about that. >> bob: between those four guys, there is a pile of weed. >> dana: there was a lot of news last week. this would have been big news before but people are just over it. it didn't even make news. >> greg: you're right. the fact that the police departments are changing the way they look at this. i always go back to this. our culture could only handle one recreational drug. booze got there first. the id
. the president said washington won't just talk about tackling gun violence. >> this is a team that has a tas tok pull together real reforms, right now. >> the president urged congress to vote on an assault weapons ban, a ban on ammunition clips and close the gun show loophole so hall would be subject to background checks. >> the task force will recommend policies beyond gun conroll. >> we're going to need to make access to mental health care. >> the president hoping to seize this moment of heightened public awareness to push washington to change. >> if there is one thing we should have after this week, it should be a sense of perspective about what is important. >> his announcement is quieting criticism from within the president's ranks. one congressman whose husband was killed now he'll feels the president is showing leadership. but+ús gun regulations will no doubt meet with resistance from the nra, so far has not commented since the connecticut shooting. but has scheduled a news conference for friday. the president says he's ready. >> nra is an organization with members that are mothers and
what we have to do. >> this is not a washington commission. >> he supports reinstating a ban on assault weapons. >> weapons of war do not belong on our streets. >> limiting high-capacity magazines. >> the nra is going to be holding a news conference. >> there is going to be an announcement made. >> the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions. >> it is very hard to determine what they mean. >> teachers are not law enforcement. >> we have all the information. >> this is not some washington commission. >> we have all the studies. >> time is of the essence. >> we have to do something, the american people want us to do something. >> it is hard out there, being a boehner. john boehner has gone from refusing to consider any tax rate increase. any tax rate increase at all to refusing to consider any tax rate increase without spending cuts attached to it. to now asking his members to pass a tax rate increase without any spending cuts attached to it. john boehner's plan b, which he wants to bring to a vote tomorrow, is simply a tax increase on incomes over a million dollars. nothing els
. investors spooked by bad housing data and all that nonsense in washington. w closing down almost 99 points. another rough day for gold. a rise in homebuilder confidence driving investors away for a two-session loss ofnearly 2%. right now gold is hovering around $1670 an ounce. oil futures for a fourth straight session of gains, crude oil for january delivery gained 1.8% to settle at $89.51 a barrel. >>> all right. we're going to start tonight with a special holiday treat. it's the week before christmas and all through the house, lawmakers are frantic and starting to grouse. not from the cliff, though they do say they care, but from more and more bailouts which could soon fill the air. gm has been saved, they are snug in their beds, but images of fema, fha and the post office now entering our heads. all right, enough holiday poems, can't take anymore. go straight to tonight's game. who gets bailout booty and who gets the coal in their stocking? joining me now to help santa make out his list, brian wesbury no i know enjoyed my little poem. first trust advisors. >> i love it. i can't compete.
of mourning played out once again today in newtown, connecticut. while in washington, president obama walked into the white house briefing room named for james brady-- the press secretary critically wounded in the shooting of president reagan in 1981-- to talk abt g violence. >> the fact fact that this pros complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. >> ifill: instead, in the wake of the massacre at sandy hook elementary school, mr. obama said, "this time, the words need to lead to action" on gun violence. >> the vast majority of responsible law abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible law breaking few from buying a weapon of war. i'm willing to bet that they don't think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas. there is a big chunk of space between what the 2nd amendment means and having no rules at all. >> reporter: to that end, the president announced vice president biden and an administration team will craft recommendations on everything from gun laws to mental health, to be sent to congress by
in washington since it became a state back in 1959, so his half century tenure makes him the second longest serving senator in history. harry reid paying respects. >> although senator inouye was a progressive democrat, he put his country first and party second. dan was a vibrant and vital presence in the senate and in death will remain a legend. his last words on earth, aloha. it is with a heavy heart that i and we bit alloy ha, goodbye, i love you, to a friend and legend of the senate, daniel kent inouye. >> as a japanese-american soldier he lost his right arm and received the medal of honor. only 31 people have lane in the capitol rotunda. the last was gerald ford about six years ago. >> as the bin laden movie hits theaters -- >> he is in the inner circle -- >> some are livid over a scene about torture. plus, a case so shocking it pushed president obama to make a phone call. inside an army daycare, worker who is had no business watching children. >> and, should the government buy back guns to boost the economy? you will hear the case. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels speed
a firestorm in washington about exactly who was responsible for not making that consulate more security. elise is in washington. we know there is some fallout here. one state department official resigned and three others on administrative leave. what is next? >> that's right. the top assistant secretary for diplomatic security eric boswell, and a few others in his department and mideast policy shop have been reashrined. there's a lot of questions about whether top officials and more senior levels of the department to secretary clinton should be held responsible even though the panel said no. we heard from the deputy secretary and secretary clinton's deputies. they were sufficiently contrite i'd say. there's nothing you can do with a scathing report other than accept the recommendations and say we know we messed up and need to do better. >> we know that the secretary of state hillary clinton has accepted full responsibility for what happened. she's accepted all these recommendations. is she required or will she go before this board? we know she's not testifying today because she's recuperating
washington to break it all down. good morning. what's happening in today's vote? >> reporter: a couple of votes today. let's break it down for you, mara. the big vote that the republicans are pushing to have everyone under a million dollars keep their tax rates low. president obama says this defies lodger, that people making $800,000, $900,000 should be paying higher taxes. republicans think they can get it through the house. no luck of getting it through the democratic senate at all. second vote which is to sweeten the deal for the republicans who are skeptical is to replace the automatic cuts, a lot of which would hit the defense department with cuts in other programs like the health law and food stamps. >> and tracie, who's coming out in favor of this plan "b"? >> well, among those in favor of it, off qusly john boehner, the house speaker and also paul ryan, the chair of the budget committee and former vice presidential candidate. there have been a lot of questions about whether or not he would come out behind this plan. but he's said that it seems to meet all of the goals that repu
that we all identify with every aspect of it. >> the other big story in washington and around the nation, in the wake of the newtown shootings, president obama says gun regulation will be, quote, a central issue of his second term. vice president joe biden has been tapped by the president to lead the effort and work with cabinet members on making recommendations before the president's state of the union address. the choice of biden makes sense given his extensive anti-crime portfolio as a long-time delaware senator. he helped to pass a ban on assault weapons in 149. he also received an "f" rating from the nra. he acknowledged that gun legislation alone would not solve the problem. >> we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply-held passions and political divides. as i said on sunday night, there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. and any
. nature in washington state. as a freight train goes up against a mudslide. your forecast...with rainfall.. ... >>pam: now for a look at our top stories at eight-thirty. a gunman opens fire on a south bay freeway. this was the scene from sky-7 h-d, abc-7 news. police briefly shut the road down, as they searched for evidence this afternoon. the car of a military recruiter was hit four times -- he was *not injured. no word on any arrests. >> the debate over gun control - reaching a tipping point, following a deadly elementary school shooting. today - president barrack obama promised "meaningful action". we now know vice president joe biden will lead a task force that will present a set of gun control recommendations to the president. in newtown connecticut - >> more victims of the school massacre laid to rest. this is video from a vigil, held in a neighboring town today. 27 people were killed in the elementary school shooting -- including the gunman last week. 20 of the those murdered were children. police tonight still searching for a possible motive in the tragedy. >> new tonight, the ci
, he increases leverage and this is what washington gained a house of representatives and senate, they ping-pong back and forth but we are getting close and the markets will get rattled soon. >>shepard: they voted on the rule to proceed which passed. next comes the vote. the majority whip says they have the votes and this will pass in the house of representatives. but it will not pass in the senate. if it did the president would veto it and he says, i won an election, remember? this is what i campaigned on and i am not moving off of this. if they cannot get together like the bunch that they are, can he at some point do something legislatively or is that not possible? >>reporter: they have talked where they could postpone the tax increases but only for a short amount of time. you think where we were a month ago compared to now and the president moved. he moved from $250,000 to $400,000 and speaker officer put tax rates on the table. social security is now on the table again they have moved. they are not that far apart but they are not up against the december 31 deadline which usua
personally. we have fox team coverage tonight. chief washington correspondent ed henry will cover the president's strategy. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel looks at the politics of plan "b" from congress' perspective. >> good evening. this is a heavy lift with numerous conservative groups urging republicans to vote against speaker boehner's plan "b." but with the u.s. economy less than two weeks from the fiscal cliff, top republicans say they are trying to avoid a massive tax hike for everybody. >> the house will act today. up to senate democrats in the white house to act. >> it would extend tax cut on income below $1 million. to secure republican support, the house is voting on a separate measure to cancel next year's pentagon cuts part of sequestration by slashing domestic programs. that upset house democrats. >> the bills are not a plan. they are a ploy. they are bills to nowhere. in a deeply cynical move, so cynical, the republicans have decided to offer another bill to put off some of the sequester. >> while the process moves forward, boehner hasn't given up ho
the 50th state in washington since hawaii became a state back in 1959. you think he was the longest serving senator in u.s. history, he ended up being the second longest serving senator in u.s. history. and if you don't know this about the senator, he was a japanese-american soldier during world war ii. senator inouye lost his right arm in italy and received the medal of honor for his service. daniel inouye died on monday at walter reed military medical center. he was 88 years old. and i want you to watch these pictures. >>> i have some news just into cnn about the attorney general eric holder. we are finding out now the attorney general is set to head to newtown, connecticut, today after meeting with vice president joe biden at 1:00. but don't expect to see him. this is not a public event. the attorney general has scheduled to apparently meet with some of the law enforcement officials in that town and then also with some of the first responders who were the first people to enter the sandy hook elementary school and discover the carnage there that ended up being the loss of 20 child
will come out of retirement as former sandy hook principal in washington, president obama issued resounding call to action. >> the president: this is not some washington commission. >> reporter: the president announced powerful team of cabinet members now have the new task of creating immediate smoothings. vice president biden is wasting no time in getting to work he's expected to convene a teamú:ot top law enforcement officials in washington today to talk about implementing those reforms. mark greenblatt, abc7 news. >j=cát story is just sad, scam artists have started to prey on memories of the victims of the school tragedy. family of 6-year-old noah posner learned somebody was soliciting donations in the boy's memory. family members immediately reported it to police. >>> switching gears, gas prices lowest level of the year and better news analysts say is that they will continue to drop, national average below $3.27. prices have dropped for the past 27 days energy experts predict prices could fall further, 20 cents per gallon less in 2013. >> i%/o filled my tank yesterday because i didn't
of the same group responsible for that ad were here in washington yesterday, christmas theme in tow. >> we know some of the naughty folk already. we believe that speaker boehner is being naughty. we believe that eric cantor is being naughty. we believe paul ryan is being naughty. and we're going to make our way to the capitol building to let them know we got something from santa for you. it's a lump of coal. because you've been far too naughty! >>> well, in a recent interview with "people" magazine president obama was asked what he learned from seeing the movie "lincoln." and here he is. quote, as a rule if you're president of the united states, you should not compare yourself to lincoln. in any way. not everyone thinks lincoln comparisons should be off limits. when florida republican allen west was asked about his future plans after losing re-election to congress he said quote, always remember abraham lincoln only spent one term in congress too. >>> david letterman is still finding ways to needle mitt romney even with the election over. >> i heard the strangest thing. i don't know if it's
ball and washington post correspondent. dana, the president said he'd veto it. what's boehner's strategy here? wh where is he going with this? >> he has to negotiate within his own caucus and it is not at all clear that he had the votes here until he started to sweeten it as you were talking about earlier there. he basically needs to appease the hard right in his caucus and he -- this is why it is so unlikely and i think it's always been unlikely that you get anything resembling a deal until the last minute or past the last minute because these guys will not give in unless they absolutely have to. >> republicans seem like they're in a little bit of disarray right now. the conservative club for growth came out against plan b and this is on "the wall street journal" editorial page. by tuesday afternoon even mr. boehner seemed to be throwing up his hands. either way we get a tax increase without a tangible progression on the spending problem. >> is it why the republicans have this? >> this is a significant test of boehner's ability behind a tax increase which is a difficult thing
political editor paul stein houser is in washington this morning. your job is to explain all of this to us. >> it really seems like a way they're playing a game of political chicken right here. you heard the president and house speaker come in front of cameras within two hours of each other. both men were really talking against each other. it was not very optimistic. you're right, optimism of earlier in the week dissipated. take a listen to what both men said. well, we don't have that sound. both men really talking against each other there. here's the sound. >> the president's offer of $1.3 trillion in revenues and $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet a balanced approach. i hope that the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. >> at some point there's got to be i think a recognition on the part of my republican friends that take the deal. you know, they will be able to claim that they have worked with me over the last two years to reduce the deficit more than any other deficit reduction package. >> the president made his comm
to push without delay. this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside. this is a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms right now. i asked joe to lead this effort in part because he wrote the 1994 crime bill that helped law enforcement bring down the rate of violent crime in this country. that plan -- that bill also included the assault weapons ban that was publicly supported at the time by former presidents including ronald reagan. the good news is there's already a growing consensus for us to build from. a majority of americans support banning the sale of military- style assault weapons. a majority of americans support banning the sale of high- capacity ammunition clips. a majority of americans support laws requiring background checks before all gun purchases, so that criminals can't take advantage of legal loopholes to buy a gun from somebody who won't take the responsibility of doing a background check at all. i urge the ne
on the poor. there's an article in today's -- in "the washington post" on december 19, job boehner's plan b would raise taxes on the poor. really? i mean, is that how you're going to balance the budget? by sticking it to people who already are in vulnerable times? this is wrong. my friends talk about the debt, the deficit, but what they don't talk about is that we have fought two wars, in iraq and afghanistan, and we haven't paid for it. all on our credit card. we send our young men and women into harm's way and we ask them and their families to sacrifice and we do nothing. we just put the bill on our credit card. a few months ago the chairman of the budget committee, mr. ryan, says about $1.3 trillion, i think he's low-balling it, but $1.3 trillion on our debt and nobody over there says a word. they all go after programs like social security and medicare and food stamps. so, mr. speaker, i ask that we defeat the previous question and if we defeat the previous question i will offer an amendment to this rule to make in order an amendment which will allow the house to have a chance to vote on
the latest in just minutes. good morning from a very busy washington. it's thursday, december 20th, 2012. this is "the daily rundown," the second shortest day of the year. let's get right to my first read. if talks on the fiscal cliff are going to be rescued, they have got to be rescued today. but the more you see the president and speaker boehner talking in public, the less they are talking behind the scenes. leaving negotiations stalled just 12 days before the new year. the speaker is now spending his third day working to pass a bill that will not become law. maybe it will start a framework for a backup plan but it's not going to be a law. and it won't probably be part of any final budget deal. the house will vote today on boehner's plan b which democratic leader harry reid had said will go nowhere in the senate. and the president has promised to veto it if it somehow got to him. in a 52-second, well it was a press conference but he didn't take questions so we'll call it a media availability, boehner dared the president to reject the backup plan that prevents tax hikes on those making
, who were in washington. .. >> what they had was not enough. either in benghazi or the overwhelming numbers. frankly, the state department had not given security for personal resources it needed. on that note, let me ask admiral mullen in regards to the specific findings. >> thank you, mr. ambassador, i appreciate that. i do appreciate your leadership throughout this process as well. good afternoon. the board found that the attacks on benghazi were security related. responsibility for the loss of life committee injuries, and damage to u.s. facilities rest completely and solely with the terrorists who conducted the attacks. that does not mean that there are lessons to be learned. the board found that the security posture at the special mission compound was inadequate for the threat environment in benghazi, and in fact, grossly inadequate to deal with the attacks that took place that night. state department bureau that was supporting benghazi had not taken on security is a shared responsibility. so that support the proposed needed was often lacking and let to the working level to res
to shirley from palm beach florida. surely come thanks for joining us on the "washington journal". >> caller: good morning. i worked in mental health services around 20 years after it raised my family and myself. twenty years of that was then ejected. in the hospitals. i suffer from depression. and i found that i have allergies. there is a book and he talks about how allergies can affect us so severely that it can cause things like depression, retardation, epilepsy and many physical ailments as well. hypertension and hyperglycemia and etc. and it is hard and people look at me like i'm crazy. and i say, look at your diet. many people believe that schizophrenia can be cured by diet? >> host: congressman? >> guest: there are a lot of things that go into this. you people have food reactions and supplements that can affect them? yes. as a cause of schizophrenia, i don't know. i don't want people to think that if only i change my diet, it will go away. there are a lot of other issues there. there are genetic issues, environmental issues, many other aspects here. working with this for 35 years, wor
speaker john boehner inching towards a deal to head off the fiscal cliff. we have a report from washington on how close the two sides are in raising taxes and cutting spending. >>> president obama and speaker boehner are only a few hundred millions dollars apart. the congressional republicans should take his latest offer. >> there has been a lot of posturing on capitol hill instead of just going ahead and getting stuff done. we have been wasting time. >> boehner has spend the last two days trying to tell his fellow republicans on what is call plan b, a backup bill for anyone learning less than one million dollars a year in case the president and speaker fail to reach a broader deal. >> they are thinking about voteing to raise taxes at least on folk over a million which they say they don't want to do. but they are going to reject spending cuts that they say they do want to do. that defies logic. >>> the speaker says he has offered a backup plan because the president's latest proposal is too lopsided. >> the president's offer of $1.3 trillion in revenues and $850 billion in spending reductio
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